Patients in all Harlow health care settings will still be required to wear face coverings

Health / Sat 17th Jul 2021 at 10:22am

PATIENTS in Hertfordshire and west Essex will still be required to wear face coverings in GP practices and other healthcare settings when COVID-19 restrictions ease on Monday.

The guidance from the NHS for healthcare settings has not changed, and patients who are not exempt from wearing a face covering should continue to wear one, follow social distancing and hand hygiene guidance. If patients are exempt from wearing a mask, a face shield may be offered as an alternative.

COVID-19 infection rates are rising in all areas of the country which means its vitally important we continue to do all we can against the virus. Wearing a face covering is an effective way of reducing transmission. It’s also really important that anyone who is eligible for a vaccine and hasn’t yet come forward does so without delay, it’s the best defence we have against COVID-19.

Dr Jane Halpin, Joint Chief Executive Officer, Hertfordshire and West Essex Integrated Care System and Clinical Commissioning Groups said: “We need to continue to do what we can to keep people safe from catching Covid-19 in healthcare settings. One way we can all help with this is by continuing to wear a face-covering and we are asking all patients to do that, as well as staff. Keeping staff safe is essential to keep operating efficiently.

“We are also continuing to make sure we don’t have large numbers of patients in waiting areas– again this is about reducing the chance of infection when there are rising rates in the community. 

“The various measures we have taken, including increased use of personal protective equipment, patients wearing face masks, holding more virtual consultations, social distancing and extra premises cleans have helped protect staff, patients and visitors over the past year. Taking these steps has also enabled us to continue providing many of the non-urgent services that would otherwise have been postponed.

“We want to make sure you can all be confident about accessing or visiting local healthcare services safely.

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7 Comments for Patients in all Harlow health care settings will still be required to wear face coverings:

2021-07-17 11:51:56

Simon, what exactly are your qualifications to be able to express such a forceful opinion? Please remember many people have seen loved ones die or still suffering from this dreadful virus. If you're not an expert in this field then I respectfully suggest you STFU!

2021-07-17 12:34:49

Agree with decision, numbers rising in Harlow. Need to not only keep yourself safe but others too

Jawad Sharief
2021-07-17 20:32:27

West Essex clinical commissioning group mascarading hiding north East west Essex primary care from view as a few months ago was fined £1.5 million for deaths in custody

Jawad Sharief
2021-07-17 21:19:22

Good law project please note West Essex clinical commissioning group told Sajid javid that my sister works for the parliamentary and healthcare ombudsman and Sajid javid and Boris Johnson want to do away with healthcare regulators to avoid punishment shame on you Boris and westessex clinical commissioning group

Ronald lucia
2021-07-18 12:26:49

If you want to carry in wearing masks you carry on. But don't tell me to.😠 I won't be👍

Ronald lucia
2021-07-18 12:33:03

So what cases are rising, obvious isn't it. Let's get this point straight. The virus is not going to go away, just like flu isn't. The vaccine is to protect you from death and hospitalisation, and if you have been vaccinated and catch it, it will be mild, just like flu if you remember😠 So what are you afraid of??🤔🤔

2021-07-18 20:33:10

Ronald, I appreciate your opinion on this and you are right, totally acceptable. Please remember that this new virus like the “flu” can, will and does KILL people. My daughter is immune-suppressed and I would do anything to keep her safe. So in MY opinion, masks should be worn. Just give a little thought to others. 👌

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